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Happy returns for 'Canes

After struggling to pick up the offense, Devin Hester was moved to a reserve role on defense.

Good thing he still plays special teams for No. 4 Miami.

Hester, a sophomore, returned two punts for scores to lead Miami to a 48-0 victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday. He also blocked a field goal against Florida State last week that allowed Miami (2-0) to tie the score in regulation.

"You don't have to be too smart to figure out he's going to be pretty special," coach Larry Coker said. "He's so fast, so explosive. He makes fast people look slow."

Hester ran back one punt 51 yards to give Miami a 24-0 lead in the second quarter. He sliced between two defenders, almost fell, then cut left and ran away from everyone.

Hester, who finished third in the 60 meters at the Big East indoor track and field championships this year, wasn't done. He returned another punt 92 yards in the fourth. He started right, cut left and had punter Matt Butler between him and the end zone.

Talk about a mismatch.

Hester scored easily and was flagged for taunting when he held the ball out at the 20.

"I just want to go out and make plays," said Hester, who caught four passes last season before moving to cornerback in the spring. "It doesn't matter if it's on offense, defense or special teams."

The Hurricanes, coming off a big win against the Seminoles, didn't have a letdown.

Tyrone Moss had 69 yards on seven carries and scored twice in the first quarter. Frank Gore ran 12 times for 61 yards and scored a touchdown early in the third before sitting out much of the second half. And the defense, which held FSU to 165 yards, was more impressive against Louisiana Tech (2-1).

Miami finished with six sacks and three forced fumbles, and allowed just 183 yards over 61 plays. That's a unit that lost seven starters, including four first-round NFL draft picks.

Ryan Moats, the nation's leading rusher who gained 257 yards in each of his first two games, carried 14 times for 81 yards and fumbled once.

He had 70 yards on seven attempts in the first quarter, but did little after a few adjustments by the Hurricanes.

"They're great. They always have a great defense," Moats said. "They have good speed, good size, that's Miami for you. I love playing against that defense."